The online registration for 3rd-year BA students for Elective Courses will commence on Monday 31st January at 8.00 pm and will close on Wednesday 2nd February at 11.59 pm. In order to register students access the following website: usosweb.uni.lodz.pl.
Each student chooses one course. All courses will be held online on Fridays at 5pm.
There are limits to the number of students in the groups. In the case of denied access to the group, please make an alternative choice.
Course descriptions of available courses can be found below.
dr hab. Alicja Piechucka, Women in American Modernism
The course is intended as an overview of how women and femininity are represented in American literary modernism, the period which saw considerable changes in the roles of women and traditional perception of the sexes, culminating in the emergence of the New Woman. Modernism also saw the emergence of numerous interesting women writers who, sadly, are not always included in basic American literature course syllabi.
The focus of the course will not, however, be on women’s literature only. To make the scope of the syllabus as comprehensive as possible, it seems advisable to take into consideration the points of view of both sexes and, consequently, to include texts by both male and female authors. The reading list encompasses works by key representatives of high modernism, such as T. S. Eliot, as well as authors whom the students have not yet encountered during their course of study such as Mina Loy. The overall aim of the course is to deepen the students’ knowledge of American modernist literature and help them look at it from new perspectives.
dr hab. prof. UŁ Joanna Kruczkowska, Environment and ecocriticism
The course takes up issues related to natural and human environment reflected in literature, art and film (of the British Isles mainly, but not only) as well as basic assumptions of international ecocriticism. The discussion will involve climate change and possible solutions, ecofeminism, the pandemic, housing crisis, tourism, animal/human relations, technology etc. Cultural responses to these issues raise our awareness and stimulate us to change our perception of contemporary society and the planet. The course closes with individual projects inspired by the themes or works discussed in class.
dr Marcin Trojszczak, Language, mind, and culture
The course aims to present some cutting edge research into linguistics that shows how language functions on the neurological, psychological, and cultural levels. More specifically, it discusses 1) the neurobiological basis of human language – where in our brain is it processed and represented?; 2) language-related psychological phenomena, for instance, language production and comprehension, inner speech, mental simulation, tip-of-the-tongue effect, etc.; 3) linguistic and cognitive relativity, i.e., the ways in which language shapes our thinking and vice versa; 4) the role of culture in language and communication including topics such as politeness, language socialization, and metaphors and metonymies. The course combines lectures introducing key concepts with in-class discussions, activities, and presentations.
dr Agnieszka Rasmus, Made in Britain, Remade in H…
Throughout history, artists have borrowed elements from earlier works for use in new cultural contexts and applying new technologies. This class focuses on one particular example of such borrowings: American remakes of British films, stars, filmmakers, and TV series, providing you with an insight into British cinema, Hollywood industry, new media and seriality studies. We will analyse recent critical discourse on remakes as a form of adaptation as well as look at a few case studies (e.g. The Office, The Wicker Man, Death at a Funeral, etc.) from a range of theoretical perspectives (e.g. star studies, genre, adaptation, etc.).
mgr Marek Molenda, Pedagogical lexicography
The course introduces students to pedagogical lexicography. We will explore theoretical basis of the lexicographic description as well as practical aspects of dictionary building.